Work to Consider

Engineering

This guide for newcomer engineers outlines the process for licensing; funding sources for licensing and training; licensing and bridging programs for ITEs; and other engineering-related occupations to consider.

Information and Communications Technology

There is currently tremendous demand in Canada for talent in the information technology sector (commonly referred to as ICT, for “Information and Communications Technology”). There is no question that employers are keen to hire qualified newcomers. Immigrants already represent over 40% of the ICT workforce in Canada. However, while job opportunities are plentiful, newcomers may have some difficulty finding work, due to language proficiency or unfamiliarity with Canada’s workplace culture. Fortunately, there are many programs, training opportunities, job services, and job fairs that can help qualified newcomers find employment in this industry.

Manufacturing

Often, the term “manufacturing” conjures images of large factories where employees work on an assembly line to piece things together, such as fabricated metal products, machinery, and automobiles. Given the diversity of products and production methods, there are many different jobs within the manufacturing sector.

Hotel related

The hotel and special function sectors of the hospitality industry are currently doing well in major Canadian markets. Employers and government agencies are keen to hire newcomers in the areas of hotel management and administration, event planning, front-of-the-house, and maintenance and cleaning.

Construction Trades

An overview of job opportunities in the construction trades in the GTA, with discussion of occupations in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking requirement; licensing and training requirements; apprenticeships and other training programs available; and stories in the media.

Tips & Leads

Bridging Programs: A Guide for Newcomers

Bridge training programs are for all immigrant newcomers (and not just refugees) who already have a combination of international post-secondary education and work experience, as well as a high level of English proficiency.

Searching for Jobs Online

Job boards Online job boards are search engines designed to filter through job openings. They can be very useful to gather information about companies that are hiring, the roles they are seeking to […]

Employment services

An explanation of what employment service providers do and the variety of services they offer; a list of the most frequently-mentioned employment services and other non-profit organizations in the GTA which help refugee newcomers prepare for, and find, employment; eligibility to use an employment service; and how a private sponsor or other volunteer can help a newcomer select an employment service and then collaborate with that service.

Training programs in various occupations

An overview of the different types of training programs available to refugee newcomers in the GTA, some of which are specifically tailored for their circumstances and others of which are targeted to all newcomers, or to all Canadians. The include bridge training programs for internationally-trained professionals, apprenticeships for skilled trades, shorter training programs, and enhanced Language Training (ELT) with skills training.

A guide to loans for newcomers to cover licensing and training

A description of programs of Windmill Microlanding (formerly Immigrant Acess Fund – IAF), providing loans of up to $10,000 to cover licensing or training expenses for newcomer tradespeople, skilled workers and professionals. Eligibility requirements, permitted uses, and principal and interest terms are outlined for both refugee and non-refugee newcomers.